Two critters on the field appreciated the weather tonight (look above the umpire's head).
Indianapolis Indians 4, Columbus Clippers 2
The Indianapolis Indians won their third game in a row for the first time in the 2011 season as they beat the Clippers at Victory Field tonight. Tonight's win was also the second in a row at home and the second in a row over the Clippers (the first win in the string was against the Durham Bulls in Durham). It was also the third night in a row that the Indians allowed their losing opponent to rally and score in the last inning of the game, making things a little more excited than they ought to be.
The weather was fit only for ducks (!), raining on and off the whole game, with the heaviest rain in the middle innings. The game was not delayed or halted at any point, though.
Garrett Olson (photo) made the start for the Indians. He has been pitching in relief so far this season, and though he made a start in a "bullpen" game for the second game of a double header on April 25th, this was his first start since being officially moved to the starting rotation. The Indians had stated that Olson would be on a pitch count of about 60, but he had thrown only 26 pitches (14 strikes) when he was lifted after 2 innings. No word from the clubhouse as to why he left at that point. Olson struck out the first two batters of the game, then ended the first inning with a fly out (14 pitches). After a pop out to begin the top of the 2nd, Olson walked Columbus RF Jerad Head, but got 2B Jason Kipnis to bounce to first base, where 1B Matt Hague took one step to touch the first base bag for the out on Kipnis, then fired to second base, where SS Chase d'Arnaud tagged out Head for the reverse-force double play.
D'Arnaud got the Indians going with a double down to the left field corner and off the wall to open the bottom of the 1st. 2B Pedro Ciriaco grounded through the hole and into left field for a single, moving d'Arnaud to third base. CF Alex Presley grounded to second base, where Kipnis got the force out on Ciriaco and then threw to first for the double play. D'Arnaud still scored from third on the play, but Presley did not get credit for an RBI. The Indians didn't care about that, though -- they had a 1-0 lead.